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The Communications department supports leaders at all levels of the institution to promote project and campaign efforts, inform key audiences, and protect and advance Pew's reputation. The department provides a comprehensive range of communications services for all programmatic and administrative units and Trusts-operated projects. Our in-house expertise includes: strategy and message development; editorial support; design and creative services; media event planning; digital and video production; and social media. The unit oversees all communications policies, guidelines, and processes to ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew's resources.
This position, based in Pew's Brussels office, reports to the Manager, Communications based in London, and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting Pew's environmental work. The Senior Associate supports work primarily on the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe campaign, including the development of public facing and specialized audience campaign communications, mobilizing public engagement in projects, and promoting issues and spokespeople in international and country specific media. The position will also support other Pew EU marine activities as determined by the Manager, Communications. The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities and proven writing and editing abilities for print and online platforms, as well as experience working with networks of supporters and handling media relations. Fluent English and French (writing and speaking) is required.
Media Relations, Public Engagement, and Communications Strategy
- Implements communications strategies that support the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe Campaign;
- Participates in communications and strategic planning to ensure communications strategy is aligned with organizational goals and regularly informs project staff of efforts and results;
- Manages and implements media outreach designed to inform policymakers and other influential leaders;
- Develops and cultivates relationships with a comprehensive list of journalists, editors, and producers in various EU countries, especially France and Brussels;
- Manages rapid response process for media coverage, involving relevant colleagues in London and Washington, as appropriate;
- Arranges media interviews in multi-lingual platforms for spokespersons and helps with preparation for interviews and public appearances;
- Produces talking points for spokespersons, staff, and coalition partners;
- Coordinates media tracking, selection, and electronic distribution of clips;
- Responds to media inquiries and is available for communications tasks outside of working hours on a reasonable basis; coordinates responses as needed with colleagues to ensure professionalism and message consistency;
- Coordinates with the Manager, communications on media relations and campaign coalition communications;
- Creates and maintains media lists and press materials.
Publications, Writing, Online & Multi-Media Communications
- Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with program staff and Pew's editorial team, including press releases, advisories, statements, speeches, presentations, fact sheets, web analyses, policy briefs, brochures, and other communications materials;
- Works with digital team members to develop, write, and edit materials for the web and social media, and assists in developing and executing digital strategy that optimizes usage of online tools;
- Works in collaboration with digital, multimedia, and graphic design colleagues to develop infographics, videos, and other materials that help achieve project goals;
- Assists program staff in preparing research and advocacy reports for publication on Pew's website; serves as a liaison with program for communications' digital, graphic, multimedia, and editorial staff.
- Ensures that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates through newsletters, mailings, and other vehicles for direct communications;
- Coordinates activities with colleagues, especially in Europe and the United States, and with other organizations with whom we are working;
- Provides communications coordination support to program staff, including handling clearance and approvals as required;
- Maintains regular reporting systems to keep Pew colleagues updated on project developments and potential communications challenges;
- Contributes to the management of Pew communications calendars and the weekly communications report.
- Bachelor's degree required;
- A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience required in media relations and campaign communications, preferably with public policy or nonprofit advocacy organizations;
- Experience in securing earned media in Europe;
- Understanding of traditional and social media with a keen sense of how to adapt to changes in the landscape;
- Fluency in French and English (speaking and writing) is required; proficiency in Spanish a plus;
- Experience in creating and maintaining media lists from different countries and different languages;
- An understanding of EU institutions and how they interact; experience working on topics related to EU policy a plus;
- Ability to work well in a team and independently;
- Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;
- Good project management skills and attention to detail;
- Demonstrated political skills and judgment;
- Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork;
- Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue or research findings, as well as identify, understand, and address different policy perspectives in a nonpartisan way and visually tell complicated policy and research stories. Experience in working with a network of supporters;
- Ability to work productively in a nonpartisan way with a wide array of different and culturally diverse people;
- Ability to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with agreed strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
- Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;
- Sound judgment, ability to make decisions, and be responsive, clear and sensitive with colleagues and partners.
Occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences. It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel in Europe.
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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